I started urinating frequently again. Before it was due to anxiety. The only anxiety I have now is that I am on vacation this week. And even today, I don't know what to do with myself! It was really driving me crazy this morning. I got up at around 4:30 to go to the bathroom and I could not get back to sleep right away to save my life! I By the time I did go back to sleep, I got up at 8:10 to pee again. So it was every two hours. I got up and I was So tired. I guess I should be thankful I make it to the bathroom in time. Sometimes, I wonder. It feels sometimes that my bladder is wo eak from urinating so much in the past, that I feel it's gonna come out of me any second. do that alot and it drives me CRAZY! I finally end up taking my medciation earlier than I'd like ( just to go back to sleep) and it finally kicks in. I find the Klonopin is taking longer and longer to work because I've been on it too long. 1994. I just went to the psychiatrist yesterday and everything was fine. I told him the anixety is pretty much gone. It was. Then last night before I went to bed, I don't know HOW many times I got up. When I feel my bladder muscles contract, or when my lower back hurts. I know what's coming. I figure, " Why fight it?" Just go. I get concerned because when this starts, I get the feeling inside that I want to say, "forget it." "I can't do this anymore. " I started getting a little dizzy yesterday and that is from anxiety. I really have nothing to be anxious about! I'm just tired right now. I hate when this happens. Thanks guys!
This may sound s bit odd, but it's me.
I once visited a children's cancer unit, and another time I spent some time volunteering in a hospice.
If ever there were cure for boredom it's realizing how blessed I am to have the option to have nothing to do. That I more-than-likely have a tomorrow to look forward to, and that I am breathing without the aid of a machine.
Any one of the children or old folks I visited would jump at the chance to be stir crazy, fatigued or urinate without help, or into a pan or without pain. Now, when I get like you're describing, I remember their voice, their voices, their touch on my hand, and I am grateful just to be alive. Try it sometime.
Hope this helps.
Hi, sorry you are suffering again! Please excuse the insanely long response that follows... i have copied and pasted it. Would have sent you site link but don't think that is allowed anymore. Hopefully something in this post might help?
Monitor your diet
Eliminate or decrease foods or beverages that may worsen bladder symptoms. These include tea, coffee, alcohol, tomatoes, tomato-based products, chocolate, citrus juice, citrus fruits, caffeinated soft drinks (including decaffeinated versions), spicy or acidic foods and drinks, and food and drinks containing artificial sweeteners.
Maintain bowel regularity
Constipation can place added pressure on the bladder and have a negative effect on bladder function. Suggestions for maintaining bowel regularity include:
Increase fiber intake by eating foods such as beans, pasta, oatmeal, bran cereal, whole wheat bread, and fresh fruits and vegetables
Every morning take 2 tablespoons of this mixture: 1 cup apple sauce, 1 cup unprocessed wheat bran, and ¾ cup prune juice.
Exercise to maintain regular bowel movements
Maintain a healthy weight
Being overweight can add pressure on your bladder, which may contribute to bladder control problems. If you are overweight, weight loss can reduce pressure on your bladder.
Cigarette smoking is irritating to the bladder muscle. Repeated coughing spasms due to smoker's cough can cause urine leakage.
Drink plenty of nonirritating fluids
People with bladder symptoms often drink fewer liquids so they don't have to urinate as often. You should regularly drink about 3 to 4 glasses of liquid per day. Try to spread them out as evenly as possible throughout the day, and limit your intake starting 2 or 3 hours before going to bed. Drinking fewer fluids causes you to produce more concentrated (dark yellow, strong-smelling) urine. Highly concentrated urine is irritating to the bladder and may actually cause more frequent urination.
Consider bladder retraining
When you have overactive bladder, over time your bladder muscles become conditioned to react in a certain way. By retraining these muscles, you can hold urine better. Bladder retraining involves working with a healthcare professional to learn how to: resist or inhibit the feeling of urgency; postpone voiding; and urinate according to a timetable (rather than in response to a feeling of urgency). Bladder retraining involves learning to:
Gradually increase the time between bathroom visits. If you normally go every hour, try to increase it to 1 hour and 15 minutes between visits
When you can maintain your new schedule without accident for 1 to 2 weeks, try increasing the time between bathroom visits by an additional 15 minutes until you reach an interval you feel comfortable with. The goal is to reach an interval of 2 to 4 hours between bathroom visits
Stick to the schedule as much as possible, whether you have to go or not
How can I control the urge?
The key to bladder retraining is developing the ability to control urinary urges. When you experience a sudden urge, the following strategies may help:
Stop what you are doing and stay put. Sit down when possible, or stand quietly. Remain very still. When you are still, it is easier to control your urge
Squeeze your pelvic floor muscles quickly several times. Do not relax fully in between
Relax the rest of your body. Take a few deep breaths to help you relax and let go of your tension
Concentrate on suppressing the urge feeling
Wait until the urge subsides
Walk to the bathroom at a normal pace. Do not rush. Continue squeezing your pelvic floor muscles quickly while you walk.
Other Treatment Options
A new therapy, known as Interstim, is also available for patients who have not responded to conventional treatments. Interstim involves implanting an electrical stimulator into the body, which sends impulses to the sacral nerve that controls the bladder. A recent study found that sacral nerve stimulation stopped leaks completely in 52% of the patients, and significantly reduced symptoms in 76%. This modality is typically reserved for patients in whom the standard treatments of behavioral therapy and medications have not helped. Thus, the success rates for this procedure are even more impressive.
We perform a staged approach to the management of this condition with the Interstim. The first stage involves an outpatient procedure in which a small lead (wire) is inserted into the lower back (tailbone) and delivers a small electrical impulse to it via an external battery back that is worn for a few weeks. If the patient receives satisfactory improvement to his/her condition (i.e improvement in urgency, frequency and urge incontinence), then we consider the patient for implantation at stage II. At this setting, an implantable generator (credit card sized pacemaker) for the bladder is inserted into the upper gluteal region. Again, this is an outpatient procedure and the patient can resume most normal activities within a short period of time. If the first stage does not help, then the device is removed at the second operation.
Good luck hunny and let me know how you're getting on x
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